The famous Swiss design house, Vitra, which is renowned as a reference in international design and iconic seating, is riding to the rescue of workers battling with uncomfortable conditions while working from home, which has become the norm for office staff over the last few months. For those of us who have found that the lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus has been particularly hard on our backs, help is now at hand.
What with the lockdown and other precautionary measures, many of us have not been to the office in months, and there is no saying how much longer we will be working from home. The problem is that more often than not the ergonomics of our home workspaces have not really been thought through. An issue that is further compounded by the fact that we may be indulging in bad posture for longer periods given that we no longer have to bother with daily commutes or going out for lunch.
Now the Vitra design house has come to the rescue with three tips to optimise comfort in our home workspaces.
Find the right table
and chair heightsIf, like many of us, you have been working on a dining table, kitchen
table, or, in some extreme cases even a coffee table, it may not be easy to
adjust the height of your desk. In some cases, it might be possible to
compensate for this with a careful choice of seating. As to how we should sit
when using a computer, the standard wisdom is to have relaxed upper arms that
form a right angle with your forearms, on the same level as the keyboard.
Pampering your backYour back should be properly supported during work sessions, and it is
important not to forget to regularly change your sitting position.
Try working standing
upIf you are lucky enough to own a height-adjustable desk, spending part of
the day working standing up can do wonders for your back (while still keeping
your forearms and upper arms at right angles). If you don't, you may be able to
improvise using a chest of drawers or a sideboard. Finally, when you need to
read a document or make a phone call, it is a good idea to do so while
Featured image: Courtesy Vitra